EARTH HOUR – March 31st 8:30pm


WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple idea that’s quickly turned into a global phenomenon. Millions of people will be turning off their lights on March 31 at 8.30pm for one hour, on the same night, all over the planet.


Whether you plan to play scrabble or have a dinner party with family, here’s how to make your own Friends of Glass tea light lantern, so you can have a truly glassy evening.


How to make your own Friends of Glass Jam Jar Lantern



  • Jam jars – assorted sizes
  • Thin wire for hanging and small wire cutters
  • Tea lights

Getting rid of the labels

  • Do them in batches.
  • Rip off the paper.
  • Use hot water and washing up liquid.
  • Leave them to soak for a good amount of time.
  • Use a knife to scrape off stubborn glue.

Turning them from jam jars into lanterns

  • Use thin but sturdy wire that’s easy to bend.
  • Work out the length of wire you need by roughly wrapping it around the rim of the jar and making a loop for a handle.
  • Cut the wire to length.
  • Make a small loop in one end of the wire.
  • Wrap the wire around the rim of the jar and thread it through the loop.
  • Pull tightly and securely.
  • Make the handle loop.
  • Thread the end of the wire under the wire around the rim of the jar.
  • Twist to secure.


Earth Hour – What Else Can You Do?


Earth Hour is not just about saving an hour’s electricity. It’s something much bigger. It’s about people coming together to put focus on this brilliant world we all share. Not just for an hour a year, but every day.


So, what can you do?


  • First, check out what events are taking place in the UK and see how you can get involved and support them.
  • Switch off your lights for Earth Hour 2012, starting at 8:30 local time on Saturday night, 31st March.
  • Decide what else you will do, after Earth Hour 2012 for more sustainable life. It doesn’t have to be huge – every little helps! Did you know that the energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours.


If you Tweet, tell the word what actions you will take towards a more sustainable future using the hashtag #EarthHour.


Feel part of something brilliant. Sign up here to say that you’ll join millions of people switching off for a brighter future …

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